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How To Downsize Before A Move

by Karen Rodgers 12/17/2018

Are you planning on moving in the next 6-8 months? Don’t let your belongings take ownership of you. As consumers, we tend to accumulate a lot of “stuff” over the years. After spending 5, 10, or 20-plus years in one home, this can amount to more than some of us can handle. Do you have more than 4 sets of dishes? How about piles of toys & board games from when your kids were younger? And then there are those passed-down antiques that no one in the family seems to have use for, yet no one wants to throw away.

 

Rather than rush while packing and having to take the whole mess with you to your next home, consider starting the process early! You can categorize your belongings into the following groups:

 

  • Keep
  • Sell
  • Donate
  • Throw it away


It may be hard to discern which category an item goes in. This is why it’s a great idea to solicit help when you’re moving and downsizing your piles of stuff. An outsider can be a bit more objective to help you see what’s useful and what isn’t. 


The Keep Pile


The items you want to keep through your move are those that you use every single day. There’s no question in your mind that you’ll need these things at your next residence. Think of the items that are either irreplaceable or still in good working condition like bedding, the coffee pot, furniture, and personal items like books, DVDs, and electronics. 


Sell For Profit


If you have a question about any of the items that you’re going through, you may want to consider selling them. Is your sofa still in good condition, but won’t fit well into your new place? It’s time to get that piece of furniture to another good home and make a bit of cash while you’re at it. There are tons of websites, apps, and other resources that connect you with people who are looking for the items that you want to get rid of.


Donate


Some items may not be an easy sell. You may not even have the time to sell them. This is where donation centers allow you to do some good while you’re cleaning out your things. As you’re packing for the move go through things like clothes, books, DVDs, games, toys, and other knickknacks. Those figurines that have been sitting on the shelf may not be ideal for your new house. 

It’s also a good idea to keep the amount of space that you’re dealing with in mind. If you have less space, downsizing will be ever important. On the flip side, if you’re moving into a bigger house, you don’t necessarily need to fill it up!


Trash Pile


Unfortunately, we’ll always have a few things that need to be thrown out. Items that are ripped, stained, worn, broken, or plain useless must face the fate of the dumpster. 


No matter how you go about cleaning out your home before a move, you should know that it will feel amazing to have a lighter load to move as the clutter is cleaned out.             


About the Author

Author
Karen Rodgers

Real Estate Agent Specializing in Residential Sales


Born and raised in Davis, Karen is a California girl from her heart! Karen has been a Solano County resident since 1989, and has spent 14 years in Real Estate Sales. During her first year in Real Estate, Karen won the Rookie of the Year award- based on performance and production. She has continued to serve her clients with superior service ever since.  

Professionally, Karen currently manages her own business, and owned and managed a thriving local business prior to selling it 16 years ago. She has integrity, is a great communicator, very detail oriented and has vast knowledge of the Solano County area, its cities and surrounding communities.  Karen succeeds in building a reputation for client satisfaction and commitment!  There is no substitute for hard work and experience.

As a mother of 3 children, Karen is very involved and understands the importance of schools, parks, and involvement in the community.  Karen is very involved in her church, Harvest Community Church, and enjoys spending time teaching youth. Karen loves spending time at the ocean, Bodega Bay being one of her favorite places to frequent.